Synthesis and characterisation of novel phosphido- and selenido-substituted ruthenium carbonyl clusters

Brian F.G. Johnson, Teresa M. Layer, Jack Lewis, Paul R. Raithby, Wing Tak Wong

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Reaction of the cyclic organophosphorus ligand P4But4 1 with [Ru3(CO)12] or [Ru4H4(CO)12] under forcing conditions yields a number of novel phosphido- and phosphinidene-substituted ruthenium carbonyl clusters. Three products have been structurally characterised in reasonable yield: [Ru4(CO)8(PBut)4] 2, where a square-planar arrangement of four ruthenium atoms is capped above and below the metal-atom plane by two tert-butylphosphinidene ligands, and additionally two μ-phosphinidene ligands bridge two Ru-Ru edges; [Ru5(CO)15(PBut)] 3 in which the five ruthenium atoms adopt a square-pyramidal geometry with the square-basal plane capped by a tert-butylphosphinidene ligand; and [Ru6H2(CO)12(PBut)3] 4, where the six ruthenium atoms define an octahedron with triply-bridging phosphinidene groups capping three triangular faces. Clusters 2 and 4 were isolated from the thermolysis of compound 1 with the tetraruthenium substrate [Ru4H4(CO)12]; cluster 3 is a product of the thermolysis of 1 with [Ru3(CO)12]. In addition, the cluster [Ru4(μ4-Se)2-(CO)8(μ-CO) 3] 5 has been isolated by the vacuum pyrolysis of [Ru3(CO)12] with Ph2Se2 at 185 °C. Reaction of this cluster with 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane (dppp) at room temperature affords the triruthenium phosphine-substituted cluster [Ru3(μ3-Se)2(CO)7(dppp)] 6. The structures of clusters 5 and 6 have also been established by single crystal X-ray analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-980
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes

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